Off the Grid by Randy Denmon
My Ride from Louisiana to the Panama Canal in an Electric Car

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...Denmon typically depicts Central America as consistently dangerous and primitive and the U.S. as a place that has the “comforts that most of the world craves.” A facile narrative about haves traveling in a land of have-nots.
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The rollicking tale of a first-of-its-kind adventure—driving a Tesla through Central America.

Only a week after the nation’s newspapers were filled with headlines of the first cross-country trip in an electric car, two Louisianans slip quietly across the Rio Grande in south Texas in an attempt to do the unthinkable—drive a factory electric car across seven Third World countries to the “end of the road,” Panama City, Panama.

Without support and armed only with a toolbox, a bag of electrical adapters, and their wits, author Randy Denmon and his friend Dean trudge on through jungles, deserts, volcanoes, rivers, and crater-sized potholes, all the while trying to avoid the drug cartels and corrupt border guards that could mean a quick end to their adventure . . . and their lives. Through it all, the same enormous problem loomed daily: how to charge the car in such a primitive and desolate setting?

Despite the numerous setbacks, Randy never lost his sense of humor. Off the Grid is as much a spiritual journey as a physical one about two guys who dropped everything for one grand twenty-first-century adventure—traveling back in time in a car that seemed to come from the future.
 

About Randy Denmon

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Randy Denmon is a writer and engineer. His novels have been reviewed in numerous papers and magazines and have won the Western Writers of America Spur Award and the Faulkner-Wisdom Award. A lifelong Louisiana resident, he currently resides in Monroe, Louisiana.Jim Motavalli is the author of two books on electric cars, Forward Drive and High Voltage; cofounder of FuelCellCars.com; and blogger for Car Talk at National Public Radio.
 
Published April 4, 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing. 248 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, Action & Adventure, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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...Denmon typically depicts Central America as consistently dangerous and primitive and the U.S. as a place that has the “comforts that most of the world craves.” A facile narrative about haves traveling in a land of have-nots.

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